- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - State health officials say five cases of a virus that causes severe respiratory illness in children have been confirmed in Montana.

The state Department of Public Health and Human Services said Monday that two cases of enterovirus-D68 were confirmed in Yellowstone County with one each in Jefferson, Cascade and Musselshell counties. All the children were hospitalized at some point.

The state tells The Billings Gazette (https://bit.ly/1rociSI ) that more tests are pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The CDC says at least 277 people in 40 states and the District of Columbia have been diagnosed since mid-August.

Enterovirus-D68 is a more virulent strain of the virus that causes the common cold.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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